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Shift To Hospitalwide Readmission Measures Would Hurt Safety-Net, Other Hospitals

from FierceHealthcare

Adjusting Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program to measure readmissions hospitalwide instead of looking at specific conditions would significantly increase penalties for safety-net hospitals, according to a new study. Such a change, advocated by groups such as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, would also mean more hospitals overall would be hit with penalties, albeit by a smaller margin, according to the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. more

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